January 14, 2019, 12:32 am
Adrian and Neil break down the seven games from Sunday night. Beal goes Bonkers in a 2OT loss. Alec Burks is worth a speculative pickup after a second solid game. And Taurean Price plays 11 mins in his return.
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January 21, 2019, 3:51 pmAllonzo Trier - G - New York Knicks
Allonzo Trier was a bright spot for the Knicks on Monday as he posted 16 points (10-of-10 FT), six rebounds, a career-high eight assists and two steals.
The free throw makes are also a career-high. It's probably not a good sign that Trier is leading the team in assists, but it is another feather in his cap for what's been a very nice rookie season. He looks to be back ahead of Damyean Dotson in the pecking order and is fine to use in deeper fantasy leagues. Just get ready for Dotson to pull ahead again soon — this was the most Trier has played since November 27, and he's down at 17.9 mpg in January.
January 21, 2019, 3:47 pmTrey Burke - G - New York Knicks
Trey Burke (illness) did not play in Monday's game.
Burke was questionable for the matinee with the Thunder and the Knicks officially rule him out until the game had begun.
January 21, 2019, 3:46 pmFrank Ntilikina - G - New York Knicks
The Knicks got thrashed on Monday afternoon but saw some positive things out of Frank Ntilikina, who had nine points, two rebounds, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes of action.
Most importantly, Ntilikina was one of the few Knicks who looked even half-engaged on the defensive end. He only went 4-of-12 from the field but somehow finished as a plus-three in a game that featured a 20-point margin for well over 30 minutes. It should lead to more minutes for him going forward but you never know with the Knicks. Deep-league owners in need of steals and assists can keep an eye on his minutes going forward. Emmanuel Mudiay had an empty 14 points in 18 minutes and was a minus-21 as Oklahoma City jumped out of the gates and put this one to bed early.
January 21, 2019, 3:43 pmMitchell Robinson - C - New York Knicks
Mitchell Robinson was able to play 16 minutes before fouling out on Monday afternoon while collecting eight points, six rebounds, a steal and two blocks in the process.
Robinson got a brief talking-to in the first half as the Thunder basically had a parade to the bucket, but it's not like the rookie was the only one at fault. Fantasy owners have to like that he registered two swats in his short stint today, as that's pretty much going to be the backbone of his value. He's an immediate add for anyone in need of blocks and a strong pickup in general if the Knicks really are planning on dropping Enes Kanter from the rotation. Robinson is in line for a big finish to the season if he can stay on the court.
January 21, 2019, 3:39 pmEnes Kanter - C - New York Knicks
Enes Kanter posted 11 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes during Monday's loss to the Thunder, just a few hours after David Fizdale said that Kanter was on his way out of the rotation.
Luke Kornet (two points, one rebound, one steal) sprained his ankle and left after just seven minutes, which threw Kanter a lifeline. After the game, Kanter said that he was unhappy about being out of the rotation and that while he loves New York he'd leave the next steps up to his management and the Knicks' decision-makers. This could become a major headache for the rest of the week unless the Knicks provide a definitive timeline for Kornet.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
January 21, 2019, 3:36 pmPaul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George scored 31 points for the second consecutive game on Monday, going 9-of-18 from the field and 9-of-9 from the charity stripe along with four rebounds, four assists, four 3-pointers and a steal.
An easy day for PG as the Thunder were up comfortably after about eight minutes of action and never looked back. Jerami Grant, who has sneakily become another of OKC's consistent fantasy options, added 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a 3-pointer. There's never a reason to remove either player here from fantasy lineups.
January 21, 2019, 3:33 pmAbdel Nader - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Abdel Nader took full advantage of garbage time against the Knicks, scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter of Monday's win.
Nader ended up with 20 minutes on the day and was able to add six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two threes to his scoring numbers. He's emerged as a quality depth piece for OKC and is certainly on the radar in leagues with 20 teams or more. We wouldn't feel entirely comfortable with Nader since the return of Alex Abrines figures to hurt him, but he's played well enough over the last few weeks to stay on the court, even if it's only for a handful of minutes a night.
January 21, 2019, 3:30 pmNerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel saw 20 minutes in Monday's blowout and delivered six points, eight rebounds and two assists.
It's a little bit of a disappointment considering it's not all that different from Noel's usual work in about half the playing time. He remains an elite per-minute producer of steals and blocks and has a place on rosters in all roto formats, while he's more of a specialist for H2H leagues. Steven Adams had a light day of work with the Thunder leading throughout, posting 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.
January 21, 2019, 3:27 pmDewayne Dedmon - C - Atlanta Hawks
Dewayne Dedmon went back to the locker room in the first quarter of Monday's game.
Dedmon has been dealing with a left ankle sprain lately though there's no word on whether this is related. Hopefully it's not, and we'll keep you updated as more information becomes available. A re-aggravation would make Alex Len a potential add for any teams in need of frontcourt help.
Source: KL Chouinard on Twitter
January 21, 2019, 3:26 pmRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook played just 29 minutes in Monday's easy win over the Knicks, though it was still enough for him to post 17 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and a 3-pointer.
Even better, Westbrook went 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. The Thunder were up by 20 about halfway through the first quarter and kept that lead for the rest of the day, so nobody needed to keep the pedal down. Dennis Schroder also scored 17 points to go with three rebounds, four assists, four triples and a steal.